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THE MASTER’S LOVE NOTE TO YOU

I know you have heard the words, The gift that keeps giving. In my opinion, the reality and practicality of that is a beautiful thing. But I have realized that there is an in-depth version of this when it has a ripple effect.

If a receiver of a gift, gifts someone and that person gifts another, then a cycle is formed – Think about it too, how better will the world be.

This is the perfect illustration of what the life Jesus gives us does. He gave us the gift of salvation so that we can give it to others. This is not an assumption. He clearly stated this in His final words to us.

The final words – His Love Note to us.

The Love Note in the Great Commission
Matthew 28:16-20 (GNV)
“Go then to all people everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the HolySpirit”. Said the Man nailed on the cross for debts (sin) he did not owe, to his disciples (who represent every Christian in the world today), even though some doubted.

The Great Commission according to this scripture is the sharing of the gospel Jesus came to give every man on earth. After His disciples have experienced what it means to know Jesus and walk with Him, Jesus asked that they give everyone in the world the opportunity to experience the Love they have come to know.

Jesus said to people everywhere i.e. no limit was given as to the kind of people to hear the word. It was not limited to tribe or race or even action because Jesus died for the debts(sin) we all owed.

In simple words, the Love He has given them should not end with them. They need to pass it on to as many people as possible.

What is Needed?
Luke 10: 1 – 12 (TPT)
“Now, off you go! I am sending you out even though you fall as vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves. You won’t need to take anything with you. Trust in God alone. And don’t get distracted from my purpose by anyone you might meet along the way”

This statement was made by Jesus when He sent out the nervous Seventy-two. Jesus knew how hostile life can be, especially when one is trying to give His impeccable Love to another but He assured the Seventy-two that the trust in God is all they need.

This scripture is not for Missionaries on the field alone, it is also for you. As you make effort to be a part of the Great Commission, life will want to try you but all you need is to trust in God. He is the ALL that you need.

The Master’s Love Note to you is what we need to make the world a better place. He has even equipped you with all the Love you need to live out His Love to others.

He has given you a guide – tell ALL the people, baptize them and disciple them.

What are you doing with the Master’s Love Note to you?
Who are you passing this Love Note to?

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WHAT DOES CHRISTMAS MEAN TO YOU?

Research shows that the word ‘Christmas’ comes from an old English word ‘Cristes-messe’ which means Christ’s mass.

Christ’s mass – a gathering for Christ. A gathering to awaken tired minds, and a dose to remember his love for all of us.

To many people, Christmas means different things. So, I decided to document what Christmas means to different people for you before telling you what Christmas means to me.

Also, I will love to read what Christmas means to you too.

Here’s a collage of what Christmas means to some;

“There is no Christmas without Christ- the knowledge of this, that I have someone who would always look out for me gives me a reason to be merry, no matter how terrible the year was”.

“It is a time to come together with my family and become one”. 

“It is a reminder of God’s sacrificial love. I get to celebrate a God who became man, for my sake”.

“It means love to me; I can’t explain it. It reminds me how much God loves me. This has become a charge for me to love others.” 

Like the song says- “who would have thought that the lamb will save the souls of men”.

“It shows the love of God to send willingly a sacrifice that we may have victory over sin forever, coupled with the Love of Jesus for us, to carry the cross willingly that we may never have to”.

Back to me.

Anytime I was asked what I did for Christmas, I was always quick to say we do not celebrate it in my house. This was because there were no decorations, stockings, or even wrapped gifts. There was nothing out of the norm on Christmas day. It was cooking, going on drives, and sharing food. In some way, I belittled what we did as a family because it was not out of the ordinary. That’s what I thought.

However, this is how our culture celebrated Christmas. And this is how we expressed our love.

Beyond the activities of the day, Christmas is like the last puzzle that makes the year complete. It is that holiday that reminds us again of the birth of the one who came to the earth to love us completely while we are yet sinners. 

So, with care and dexterity, let Christmas this year be one of love- let love be felt greatly.

Let the joy of the reason of the season fill your heart. Let other experience His love that has been shed abroad in your heart.

However you choose to celebrate, ensure you do not forget the mighty gift of salvation. Also, remember that many people are yet to experience this gift for which you are celebrating right now so find time this Christmas to pray for their salvation.

So, how will you be celebrating this Christmas?

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THE FATHER’S BRIDE

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I have always wanted a grand wedding.

Flowers and light.

An event that was pure bliss, nothing more and nothing less.

I have always wanted grand gestures and public affection. A love that was not shy and ashamed.

I have always been a giver; you can be sure I wanted a giver too.

I wanted all of these things, and a list of another million – I got them and lost them.

The greatest of all that I have lost is time.

The time I wasted sinking in undeserving thoughts and rejecting all of the love that was being offered to me. For the years I stayed looking for things that I would not even accept if they were given to me, it was like a treasure hunt. Looking for what you would not use because of the thoughts that you were not good enough.

I stayed longing for things I wasn’t ready for. It was tragic.

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I have always known God too. The type of knowing where you walk across the street from someone that is really a stranger but you shout a ‘Hi’ with excitement that has no root. That is how I knew God. That is what it was, surface-level knowledge. I popped in when I was drenched in needs and disappeared when satisfaction was my stench. I don’t know why and I don’t know how but this relationship might have as well been called complacency.

This was me. Screaming from the rooftops that God was good and not really knowing God’s goodness. Testifying of his love, and not accepting his love. Talking of his mercies and not understanding his mercy. I was the opposite of everything I said. No vulnerability.

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I don’t know whether to say I found God, or he found me. I like to think he wooed me.

He gave me sixty and six love letters, each one explaining why I am deserving of his love.  A bundle of reasons why guilt should be non-existent. He used Paul to show me how significant I was to him no matter what I had done, and David to explain that nothing I had ever done was too much for him to forgive.

He showed me Esther, the kind of confidence that comes with his love, and Hosea the selflessness of his love. Lot to show his goodness and Joseph to show that he was all I needed.

I was convinced that with this love, there was no betrayal. He was honest and he wouldn’t let me down.

AND NOW

Standing here, owning that I am fearfully and wonderfully made- regal in a way that drapes and satin cannot make me. Confident and sure of eternity with my lover. He starts his vows;

Whispering to me, his voice dressed with strength. Each word clear- without confusion;

“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I have proved my passionate love for you, by dying in your place. I am a safe place of shelter. I’ll never stop believing in the best for you”.

“When you fail to love me back, I will not be defeated. I’ll never give up on you. There is nothing that will separate you from my love, this love will triumph”.

“Our love is perfect and drives away all guilt. Yesterday does not matter, I still love you I want my love to continually nourish your heart.”

“These are my promises”.

With tears in my eyes- not tears of unbelief but of gratitude, that I am known fully and loved just as much, we share a warm embrace.

This wedding beat my wildest imaginations, best believe.